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Some Elmore Leonard tributes collected

August 22, 2013
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You could say there are two main schools of American prose style: the pulpit and the porch steps. The first is forceful, openly intent on asserting its import, and apt to assume the cadences of a hallowed literary predecessor in defining the American experience or character, from Milton (Melville) to the King James Bible...

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Justified – “Ghosts” – review

April 3, 2013
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Justified – “Ghosts” – review

You gotta love the Justified season finale subverting your expectations right after the first commercial break.  Raylan discovers that three of Nick Augustine’s boys have taken Winona hostage and will cut his baby girl right out of her stomach and to kill her separate if he doesn’t fetch Drew Thompson for them.  Raylan (with...

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Justified – “Peace of Mind” – review

March 30, 2013
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Justified – “Peace of Mind” – review

“Peace of Mind” could have just as easily been called “Get Ellen May” as, you know, that’s what the episode’s about and all, but “Peace of Mind” wisely underlines as a title the thematic concerns that are hit hard in the episode.  One of the darkest concerns of season four is the question of...

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Justified – “Decoy” – review

March 20, 2013
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Justified – “Decoy” – review

Expectations were high for “Decoy.”  You’ve got Raylan and the gang trying to protect Drew Thompson and get him the fuck up to Lexington.  Boyd and Tonin’s crews are after him, a bunch of bombs and a fucking helicopter in place to aide that mission.  We were all excited as shit to see the...

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Justified – “Get Drew” – review

March 14, 2013
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Justified – “Get Drew” – review

Apparently it didn’t take as much effort as we had anticipated to track down Shelby Drew Thompson.  Really, the hunt was on for only about half of “Get Drew.”  I had thought that he had a better getaway plan and possibly even a master plan of some sort but…nope.  He was just gonna roll...

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Justified – “The Hatchet Tours” – review

March 6, 2013
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Justified – “The Hatchet Tours” – review

So on this week’s Justified we got a major answer and a particularly heavy shoe dropped, namely we learned of the identity of Drew Thompson and Boyd finally was hipped to the fact that no, Ellen May is not dead after all.  But though those are two developments that have been a long time...

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Justified – “Money Trap” – review

February 20, 2013
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Justified – “Money Trap” – review

More wheel-spinning on Justified this week as both our heroes are sidetracked by shit that ain’t Drew Thompson in the slightest…for now, anyhow.  “Money Trap” finds Raylan having to close up some loose ends on his at-the-time seemingly disposable story about Jody, the guy who was harassing his wife Raylan picked up as part...

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Justified – “Foot Chase” – review

February 19, 2013
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Justified – “Foot Chase” – review

While a lot of shit may go down in “Foot Chase” the episode ultimately ends up spinning its wheels some.  But though the writers may be stalling big time on the reveal of who Drew Thompson is, that doesn’t mean that “Foot Chase” didn’t have its fair share of decent character moments and some...

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Justified – “Kin” – review

February 6, 2013
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Justified – “Kin” – review

Whoo-boy did a lot of shit go down in “Kin,” episode five of season four of Justified.  After last week’s leisurely but very fun entry, this week we were thrown a whole helluva lot of info and incident, starting with the heat being turned up on the search for Drew Thompson. Arlo is working...

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Justified – “This Bird Has Flown” – review

February 1, 2013
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Justified – “This Bird Has Flown” – review

“This Bird Has Flown” takes it a little easier in the plotting department than we’ve seen from Justified so far this season, not furthering the Drew Thompson storyline in the slightest for starters (though we did get a quick glimpse of Sheriff Shelby checking up on the case on his office computer), but that...

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Justified – “Truth and Consequences” – review

January 26, 2013
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Justified – “Truth and Consequences” – review

We’re getting ever closer to the full story behind the mystery of the Panamanian diplomat’s bag on this week’s Justified, “Truth and Consequences.”  While that storyline remains the most intriguing thus far this season (after all, the secret forced Arlo to cement his stay in maximum security even further in the first episode of...

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Justified – “Where’s Waldo?” – review

January 16, 2013
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Justified – “Where’s Waldo?” – review

We’re week two into the fourth season of Justified and already the writers have completely ditched standalone “case-of-the-week” storylines.  Yes, there were no random fugitives to hunt down at all this week, just straight-ahead serialized storytelling, and you better believe I’m all for that.  But then again, with all the shit that happens in...

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Justified – “Hole in the Wall” – review

January 9, 2013
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Justified – “Hole in the Wall” – review

In the season four opener of Justified, everybody’s got a secret stash in the wall or, as new edition to the show Constable Bob Sweeney (a hilariously excellent Patton Oswalt) might put it, a “go bag.”  Raylan’s may be banging the babe who owns the bar he lives above but he’s squirreling away cash...

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Justified – “Slaughterhouse” – review

April 11, 2012
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Justified – “Slaughterhouse” – review

We got an extremely satisfying finale to a very strong season of Justified, one with a hell of a lot of folks ending up dead or in jail.  First was presumably Wynn Duffy, who Raylan might not want to press charges against due to his roulette game, but all the same the man did...

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Justified – “Coalition” – review

April 11, 2012
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Justified – “Coalition” – review

It’s starting to look like Limehouse won’t be one of season three’s casualties.  Hell, it’s starting to look like Limehouse isn’t such a fearsome character as we first thought, either.  I mean, all this time he’s just been protecting Loretta’s inheritance, not sticking it to Dickie or keeping the 3.2 million for himself.  And...

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Justified – “Measures” – review

March 28, 2012
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Justified – “Measures” – review

After an episode full of all kinds of double-crosses and twists and turns, it ends with a whole lot of alliances being formed in order to fight Limehouse and Quarles.  Whether these alliances are legit remains to be seen, but if they’re successful against their enemies, then this season surely fooled me.  I thought...

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Justified – “Guy Walks Into a Bar” – review

March 21, 2012
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Justified – “Guy Walks Into a Bar” – review

“Guy Walks Into a Bar” was a whole lot of ramping up to shit, setting the scene for the last three episode of the season.  In fact, though the title of the episode obviously refers to the great scene between Raylan and Quarles in the bar Raylan lives above, it could also be interpreted...

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Justified – “Loose Ends” – review

March 14, 2012
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Justified – “Loose Ends” – review

So Tanner finally pays off in “Loose Ends,” a very strong episode of no small amount of incident.  We kick shit off with Ava getting Raylan to go see Boyd in jail, with Raylan planting one on her for her trouble.  Boyd tells Raylan that Tanner Dodd is the one behind the oxy shack...

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Justified – “Watching the Detectives” – review

March 7, 2012
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Justified – “Watching the Detectives” – review

“Watching the Detectives” opens with Quarles setting up Raylan in a seemingly infallible way.  He kills Gary Hawkins on Winona’s front steps using the bullet that Raylan threw at Wynn Duffy (love the callbacks to and dissection of “Next one’s coming faster” in this episode, very Leonardian breakdown of a cool, movie-ish line).  Then...

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Justified – “The Man Behind the Curtain” – review

February 29, 2012
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Justified – “The Man Behind the Curtain” – review

Alright so now we’re getting into straight-up serialization on the show, Justifans – we’re at a point with episode seven that if you haven’t been following the show this season, you can pretty much eat shit far as the writers are concerned.  Right now it’s all about the conflict between Boyd’s crew versus Quarles’...

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